Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Black (1856-1914)
Born at Niagara, Ontario on 11 May 1856, he moved at the age of one month to Montreal where he grew up and was educated privately and at the Montreal Military School. He then learned the hardware business and came to Winnipeg in 1872.
For three years, he managed the hardware department in a store owned by Andrew Graham Ballenden Bannatyne. He then went into the manufacturers agency business and traded with aboriginal people. He later worked for 15 years in the employ of James Henry Ashdown. He resigned the position in 1894 and went into business for himself as a manufacturers agent.
He was a member of the Carleton Club, Adanac Club, AF & AM, Woodmen of the World, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Commercial Travellers of America, North West Commercial Travellers Association, and Granite Curling Club (President, 1893-1894).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 393 Broadway, on 21 August 1914.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Death removes pioneer citizen,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 August 1914. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 October 2022